Private sector wants Alert Level 3 by Q4, but Concepcion wants vaccination requirements kept

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — Businesses want Metro Manila to ease to a more relaxed alert level by the last quarter of 2021 in a bid to recuperate from losses incurred amid the pandemic, an adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion emphasized that consumers spend a lot more during the last three months of the year in time for the holidays – and with the national polls fast approaching, election spending will go up too.

Sa Level 2 at 3 [In Alert Level 2 and 3], they are allowing both unvaccinated and vaccinated. So siguro dapat, consistent application in Level 3 for fully vaccinated para pwede na nating buksan ang economy at baka pwede pang itaas 'yung capacity para sa mga negosyante,” said Concepcion.

[Translation: Perhaps there should be consistent application in (Alert) Level 3 for fully vaccinated (individuals) so that we can further open the economy and also raise the allowed capacity for business owners.]

The capital region is currently under Alert Level 4 which allows dine-ins and some personal care services indoors, but only at 10% strictly for fully vaccinated individuals. These firms are allowed to cater to customers outdoors up to 30% capacity regardless of inoculation status.

Concepcion has been consistently advocating allowing freer movement of persons who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, pushing for the likes of vaccine bubbles.

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The Philippine economy exited recession in the second quarter, growing by 11.8% year-on-year after a record 17% nosedive from April to June 2020. However, economic output shrank by 1.3% quarter-on-quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis.